Browse our latest blogs on children’s language:
|From Agent Wonka to Big FriendlyZombies, snozsprouts to puckleberries, this year’s entrants tothe BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition showhow Roald Dahl’s language continues to inspire them......|
|Any lexicographer will tell you that once you’ve worked with a corpus—a wonderfully powerful resource of real language evidence—you can never go back......|
As Roald Dahl fans around the globe gear up for the author’s centenary this month, which also sees some of his invented words being added to the Oxford English Dictionary.......
|It may seem like a straightforward task to compile a dictionary of words used by Roald Dahl. But which words should go in? Only words invented by Dahl, or words that are Dahlesque in spirit?......|
|Our Children’s Dictionaries department have announced the Children’s Word oft he Year for 2016: refugee........|
|We’re taking a break from our A-Z as today marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. To commemorate this special day, we are sharing an interesting extract from the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary........|
|Throughout April we will be bringing you an A-Z of Shakespearean words, taken from the brilliant Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary. Every day we will be guiding you through some of the most interesting words and definitions from the dictionary, one letter at a time!........|
Have you ever been told as a child to ‘stop daydreaming’ and pay attention?Then you will be interested to know that daydreaming is a word that is invariably used in a negative context by adults but in a much more positive sense by children........
|I love dictionaries and thesauruses: they’re dazzling and thrilling and useful. I own a ridiculously large number (seven currently on my desk, though most of them are downstairs). I use them, for work and pleasure, all the time.|
But now Vineeta Gupta, Head of Oxford Children’s Dictionaries, has asked me a question about them that’s completely baffled me........
|There are lots of quirks in the English language which make it tricky for children to spell words correctly. Here at OUP our Children’s Dictionaries team has a huge database of children’s writing, so they can spot exactly the kind of spellings children often struggle with........|
|Compiling a small dictionary for children is never easy – so many words competing for space in a book with a finite number of pages. Animals and plants, clothing, fruits and vegetables, musical instruments, body parts, animal noises........|